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Last-Minute Jordan Morris Goal Wins Gold Cup For U.S. Men's Soccer Team

By Gary R. Blockus | July 26, 2017, 11:55 p.m. (ET)

Jordan Morris (R) celebrates scoring a goal against the Jamaica in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup final at Levi's Stadium on July 26, 2017 in Santa Clara, Calif.

 

Jordan Morris scored on a rebound from the top of the box to break a tie with the game-winning goal as the U.S. men's soccer team defeated Jamaica 2-1 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Championship Final.

The goal came in the 88th minute when Gyasi Zardes’ cross from the right deflected back off Jamaica’s Damion Lowe. Morris, who said he was intent on scoring after being the defender beaten on Jamaican’s lone goal, tied for the tournament lead in goals scored with three.

The U.S. is off to a 9-0-5 start under head coach Bruce Arena’s second stint with the team. Arena led the U.S. to Gold Cup championships in 2002, 2005, 2007 and 2013.   

Jozy Altidore scored in the 44th minute on a direct kick that bent to the left over the outstretched right hand of backup goalie Dwayne Miller. Miller entered the game in the 22nd minute after starter Andre Miller injured his right hand when Kellyn Acosta clipped him going for a rebound of an Altidore’s shot.

Jamaica scored in the 50th minute on its first shot of the game when Je-Vaugh Watson hit one in from in tight on the left following Kemar Lawrence’s corner kick from the right.

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The U.S. advanced to the final after a pair of shutout wins in the knockout stage, blanking El Salvador 2-0 in the quarterfinals and Costa Rica 2-0 in the semifinals. Goalie Tim Howard picked up both shutouts.

The U.S. opened group play with a 1-1 tie against Panama before getting a 3-2 win over Martinique and a 3-0 victory over Nicaragua  to earn the quarterfinal berth.

It was at that point that Arena added goalkeepers Tim Howard and Jesse Gonzalez, midfielders Michael Bradley and Darlington Nagbe, and forwards Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey to the roster.

Dempsey missed netting his 58th career international goal in the 75th minute when his bouncing header deflected off Miller’s right hand and off the post. He ended the tournament tied for the all-time U.S. lead with Landon Donovan.   

Gary R. Blockus is a journalist from Allentown, Pennsylvania who has covered multiple Olympic Games. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.